Sorry I’m not really around much anymore. I JUST got internet at my dorm – but next week I have a whole bunch of tests coming up – anatomy and parasitology to be exact. I just spent the last six hours studying bones in the human body, and I think it’s about time I took a break 🙂
This week has been MUCH better then last week. I’ve had more energy, been more focused and felt more “in control” of everything then I did last week. I’m sure there were a few factors contributing to that, but I think I made an important discovery.
It’s worth it to make time to eat quality, wholesome food.
I’m sure to the rest of you this is obvious – but when things get REALLY hectic generally I don’t put so much focus into what I eat and how often, how much etc. Put a little bit of stress into the picture and I find myself hardly eating at all. In the short term I feel I really can’t be bothered with thinking and pre-planning my meals, especially when I have so many more “important” things to do. But as it turns out, it’s actually a worthwhile investment of time.
After last weeks less then stellar diet of rice cakes and banana’s and almond butter I decided to go into the new week a little more prepared.
I actually ended up taking all of this from home, because I don’t have much time for shopping during the week. I also pre-cooked some brown rice at home too, because I knew I wouldn’t have time to do it at my dorm. Of course I bought fresh produce at the farmers market “on site”, but here’s what I packed from home – sunflower seeds peanuts, chickpeas, quick cooking oats, bran flakes, flax, rice cakes and some unpictured home-made hummus.
And thanks to a little bit of foresight and planning I was able to eat pretty well this week. I had one late night hunger attack, but that’s because I had an extra busy day and didn’t have time to eat enough. So I grabbed a cup of cereal and soya milk and slept like a baby the rest of the night.
Here are some eats from last week.
This has been the breakfast of choice this week – bran flakes, banana and kefir. I’ve just discoverd kefir is the one milk product that doesn’t freak my stomach out – and it’s got a fair amount of calcium and protein in it too – score!
Lunches and dinners usually looked something like this:
Brown rice, egg and broccoli
Other lunches were usually hummus sandwhiches or something of the sort.
Actually I generally find it easier to find time to eat 6 mini-meals a day as opposed to large ones. Mini meals don’t take a lot of time to prepare or eat, and I find it easier to snack during the day then set aside a whole 30 minutes to eat a full sized meal.
But really, taking just a little more time to fuel myself properly has made a world of difference for me. Here are some things that chaged from one week to the next:
- More energy – Last week there were days I could hardly keep my eyes open. This week although I AM tired by the end of the day – I’m not so thoroughly exhausted I can hardly move.
- Better concentration – I actually get a whole lot more out of my classes then I did last week. And my post-class study sessions have been a lot more productive as well.
- Better mood – While this also has something to do with me adjusting to the whole “student lifestyle” thing I also know it has a lot to do with getting enough nourishment. I’ve felt more optimistic and alive as opposed to exhausted and overwhelmed.
- More time.- Although this might sound odd, taking a bit of time inntially to pre-plan and cook some of my food (rice and chickpeas) I actually saved time. Last week I spent a lot of time just buying food or thinking about it (when you’re perpetually hungry you tend to do that). Whereas this week it was really refreshing to come back to my dorm and know I had something I could eat there, as opposed to trying to figure out what to buy every day.
All that to say that it’s worth it to take the time to fuel yourself properly – especially during a really busy time. That’s when you need to be on top of your game and proper food helps you do just that.
Enjoy your weekend everyone! I’m already looking forward to my leisurely breakfast tomorrow.
Do you tend to forget to eat when you’re busy?
What are you best “on the go” eating tips?